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Trace anesthetic effect on vigilance.

Authors
Bach-MJ; Arbit-J; Bruce-DL
Source
Behavioral Toxicology: Early Detection of Occupational Hazards. Xintaras C, Johnson BL, De Groot I, eds., Washington, DC: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (NIOSH) 74-126, 1974 Jan; :41-50
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00047875
Abstract
Medical and dental students were exposed, on two occasions, to four hours of inhalation of either air or 500 ppm nitrous oxide and 15 ppm halothane in air. A battery of tests of perceptual cognitive and motor skills was administered to them immediately following each exposure period. There was a significant decrement in performance following anesthetic exposure in a test involving recognition of changes in auditory and visual signals, a tachistoscopic task, digit span, and memory passages. These findings may indicate a subtle but significant effect on the ability of anesthesiologists to be fully effective in providing vigilant care for their patients.
Keywords
Sensory-perception; Psychological-effects; Health-care-workers; Nitrogen-oxides; Halogenated-hydrocarbons; Anesthetics
CAS No.
10024-97-2; 151-67-7
Publication Date
19740101
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Xintaras-C; Johnson-BL; De Groot-I
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1974
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-099-72-0048
Source Name
Behavioral Toxicology: Early Detection of Occupational Hazards
State
IL; OH
Performing Organization
Northwestern University Medical School
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